Home remedies have lost favor and visiting emergency rooms has taken hold of the American family. One thing each family should have on hand is a big carton of Epsom salts. It comes in a milk carton-like packaging, and the large size is about the size of a two gallon cardboard carton of milk. I learned to use this as a kid on the farm, and have never stopped using it.
I always have this on hand. I have used this product multiple times in my life with great success. One thing I have them on hand for is hangnails. If you pull a hangnail and your finger bleeds, that area can get infected. You can stave off a staph infection in your finger, or cure a small one that has set in, by using a solution of Epsom salts in hot water. One to two cups per gallon of hot but not scalding water is best. If the area is not one that can easily be soaked, you can apply it by soaking a clean washcloth in the solution and applying it, and reapplying it when the cloth cools.
It is also good for bringing boils to a head, and I have used it for that before. I recommend a cup or two per gallon of hot water. Soak your affected hand in this solution, for about 20 minutes in very hot water with this dissolved solution. Do this every few hours for a day or so, until the redness, tenderness, and swelling that might have been accompanied by pus, has subsided. In between, use a dab of triple antibiotic ointment and a bandage to keep the area from re-infecting.
Puncture wounds, as in those from dog or cat bites, should be soaked in this same solution. People who have had cat scratch fever probably never tried this after being bitten. I have caught and tamed a number of feral cats and have never had complications from cat bites. I have never had to have antibiotics prescribed for them, either. Just follow the directions above for this, and keep the water as hot as you can stand. A relative of mine recently accidentally stitched a sewing machine needle through a finger, and I offered her this advice. It healed quickly and no doctor visit was needed.
Use it for sore muscles. A nice soothing bath in hot water and Epsom salts, a cup or so in your HOT bath water can ease your pain. If you do this a couple of days in a row, you will likely feel much better.
They can be used for constipation. “Taken internally, in small doses, Epsom Salt acts on the kidneys, and by increasing the action of these organs brings about a greater elimination pf waste matter.” Some people drink a half teaspoon of this in a glass of warm water to ease constipation. I cannot testify to this because I never have this problem, but others swear by it. “Taken internally, in small doses, Epsom Salt acts on the kidneys, and by increasing the action of these organs, brings about a greater elimination of waste matter solution through these channels. Its chief value, however, lies in external application, because of it’s power of drawing stored tissue- wastes from the body through the skin.”
As a general rule, if your sore gets worse and not better, then you need a doctor’s care. If your puncture wound won’t stop bleeding, or you have not had a tetanus shot within the last ten years, you need to be seen by a medical practitioner, too. Be smart and safe, but try to stave off problems before they become serious enough to need medical care.